Intern Meinkeng Fonge and Director of Crisis Services Susan Friedman sample the buffet at the Intern Appreciation Potluck on April 26th.
Talk about commitment. Compass center volunteers are some of the best-trained, devoted volunteers around. With anywhere from seven to 42 hours of training, Compass Center volunteers do everything from staffing a 24-hour crisis line to providing crisis support, education, advocacy, legal information, and financial guidance. On any given day, you might find a UNC student or self-employed business person working a 4-hour phone shift to meet the increasing demand for domestic violence services in our community.
“We would not be able to provide the services that we do without our volunteers,” said Susan Friedman, Director of Crisis Services. “We keep the crisis hotline open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We simply would not be able to provide that service and so many others without volunteers.”
To honor our volunteers and unpaid interns, Compass Center hosted a potluck luncheon for interns at the office and a volunteer appreciation celebration at Imbibe on April 26. Local businesses including Caribou Coffee, Twig, Fresh Market, and Bagel Bar donated raffle prizes as part of the festivities. Thanks again to our nearly 200 volunteers! We couldn’t do this important work without you.
Trained and IRS-certified volunteers are once again available for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) appointments to provide FREE federal and state tax preparation assistance to low- to moderate-income individuals and families who meet eligibility guidelines. VITA helps you avoid preparation fees and maximize your tax credits!
Mondays: February 6 – April 10, 2017, 9am – 4pm
Foreign student and scholar appointments are available on four Tuesdays. Call for more information and to schedule appointments.
Compass Center VITA services are held at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC.
Appointments are required, and may be made online at www.orangecountync.gov/aging/VITA.asp. Or, call Compass Center for Women and Families at (919) 968-4610, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. (Please do not call the Chapel Hill Library for information or appointments.)
Visit www.orangecountync.gov/aging/VITA.asp for eligibility guidelines, other VITA information or to schedule appointments at the Seymour Center (Chapel Hill) or Senior Center (Hillsborough). Or, call (919) 245-4242 (English) or (919) 245-2010 (Spanish).
VITA services do not include bankruptcy, foreclosure, or rental income. Other circumstances may be excluded. Limited service is available for self-employment income.
Visit www.orangecountync.gov/aging/VITA.asp for eligibility guidelines, other VITA information or to schedule appointments at the Seymour Center (Chapel Hill) or Senior Center (Hillsborough)
Or, call (919) 245-4242 (English) or (919) 245-2010 (Spanish).
Compass Center’s Art Show Fundraiser featured in article by Katie Murray, Orange County Commission!
By Katie Murray,
In 1984, Michael Jordan played his last basketball game for UNC. Ronald Reagan was president, gas was $1.19, and no one had a cell phone.
Locally, 1984 was Compass Center’s first annual art show, now their largest fundraiser. This year’s event is at the Sheraton on February 25. There will be free parking and live music from the Doug Largent Trio. Click here https://goo.gl/gxVgfY to learn more.
The show and exhibition features a variety of art by North Carolina women. Additionally, more than 100 artists donated 5×7 artworks to the popular $50 Mini Masterpiece sale where the artist remains anonymous until purchase. Executive Director Cordelia Heaney feels having artist participation sets the event apart. “This is a dynamic fundraiser focusing on the creativity in the room.”
Ashley Ahlers, development director, brings passion for empowering women to Compass Center. “The face of poverty in North Carolina is a woman,” she said. Vicki Lee Parker, Development and Communications Coordinator, added, “I have a 12 year old daughter. I try so hard to help her understand women had to fight for the rights she has. We’ve come a long way, but we really still have a long way to go.”
Compass Center’s broad mission is to help clients achieve self-sufficiency, safety, and health. More than 5000 people access services each year; clients are welcome regardless of income, gender identity or gender expression. Says Heaney, “We help people navigate challenging times by empowering them with information and support … We offer a wide variety of services to meet immediate and long term needs.” The Center is Orange County’s only resource for comprehensive domestic violence crisis services; their 24 hour hotline number is (919) 929 7122.
Through Women’s Eyes, By Women’s Hands
Every year, approximately 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner. It is also known that 3 in 4 parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence. In light of these alarming facts, every year during the month of February advocates join efforts to raise awareness about dating violence, highlight promising practices, and encourage communities to get involved. Learn more about how you can help at http://www.nrcdv.org/dvam/tdvam.
MONEY POWER SUCCESS: Tools to get YOU there!
Details: Financial workshop series for families with REAL practical information around budgeting, savings, credit, and financial institutions.
FREE Dinner & Childcare provided for all families who register. Workshop series offered in English & Spanish each day.
Dates: Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 14, Feb. 21
Location: Holy Trinity Church 300 E. Rosemary St. Chapel Hill, NC 27514
To register: For English or Spanish, please call Compass Center, 919-968-4610, ask to speak with Gayle Cruz . Space is limited so early registration is required. For more information, please visit: www.compassctr.org.
Compass Center wishes you and yours a Happy Healthy Holiday Season.
Thank you for being such a supportive member of the Compass Center community.
Please NOTE that our office will be closed December 22 through December 26. However, our 24- hour hotline will remain available.
Each month, Aveda Institute partners with a different local charity to raise money and awareness through its “Tip for a Cause” program. In lieu of a tip, Aveda Institute guests have the opportunity to donate to Compass Center for the entire month of December. Please get your hair styled at Aveda Institute this month and help support our services. To learn more about Aveda Institute and the “Tip for a Cause” program, please visit. http://nurturavedainstitutes.com/charity/
Ten Thousand Villages will host a Community Shopping Event at its Chapel Hill location on behalf of Compass Center on Sunday, November 20, 2016 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Ten Thousand Villages has agreed to donate 15 percent of sales during that time to the Compass Center. The funds will be used to help Compass Center provide its legal, career and financial counseling programs along with our domestic violence prevention services to individuals. Please visit Ten Thousand Villages’ website to check out their handmade, local and unique household and decorative items and plan your shopping spree.
The statistics about domestic violence are staggering. According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, nearly one in four women in America – and nearly one in seven men – will experience physical abuse at the hands of an intimate partner. And domestic violence often goes unreported – so much so that experts on the subject still consider an increase in reports to be a positive step. (It doesn’t mean domestic violence is on the rise, they say; it means it’s no longer being swept under the rug.) Click here to listen the interview and read the entire article.
The Compass Center for Women and Families, a Chapel Hill organization that supports domestic violence victims, hosts a series of events throughout Domestic Violence Awareness Month. A kickoff happy hour at the Crunkleton Tuesday raised money for Compass Center and was featured in The Daily Tar Heel.